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Southampton Loan Watch: Sims open to a return to the MLS, Reed struggles with discipline & Hesketh sees increased game-time with Lincoln

In our Loan Watch feature series, the Football Transfer Tavern takes a look at how a selection of players from a particular club are faring whilst they are away from their parent side, and provide a brief update regarding their form.

Sims open to MLS return

Southampton winger Josh Sims has admitted that he would happily return to the MLS with New York Red Bulls, according to Pro Soccer USA.

The 22-year-old has recently returned from a short-term loan spell in America, where he featured seven times for the New York outfit, but has hinted at a return to the MLS outfit in the future.

“I’ve said I’ve enjoyed my time here, so I’d be lying if I say I don’t want to come back because this is probably the most experience I’ve gained so far in my career.

“So I would happily come back. I’ve enjoyed it. Everyone’s been good to me. And I’ve learned a lot,” said the Yeovil-born wide man (via Pro Soccer USA).

Reed picks up third yellow against Hull

Midfield Harrison Reed is gaining plenty of minutes on loan with Fulham in the Championship this season, but his disciplinary record could do with some work.

The 24-year-old has now played 11 games for the Cottagers – starting eight of those matches – but picked up his third yellow card of the season in the west London club’s 3-0 defeat to Hull City on Saturday afternoon (via Transfermarkt).

Reed is yet to score or assist for Fulham this season, so could do with a goal contribution soon if he is to impress his parent club.

Hesketh breaking in at Lincoln

Despite a slow start to life in a Lincoln shirt, attacking midfielder Jake Hesketh has now started to break into the first-team fold at Sincil Bank.

The 23-year-old is yet to start a game for the Imps, but has been introduced off the bench in four of the club’s previous five league matches (Transfermarkt).

His longest cameo came on Saturday during the 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon, where the Stockport-born midfielder played 45 minutes, registering 1 successful key pass and a pass completion rate of 75% (via WhoScored).

Josh Sims looks a million miles away from breaking into Southampton’s first-team on a regular basis, considering the likes of Moussa Djenepo, James Ward-Prowse, Sofiane Boufal and Nathan Redmond are all ahead of him in the pecking order at St. Mary’s, making another loan move away from the club – perhaps until the end of the campaign – a good option for the winger.

Harrison Reed continues to pick up valuable minutes with Fulham, but needs to add more to his game by scoring or assisting from midfield, while Hesketh will now look to build on his increased playing-time for Lincoln, as the Imps attempt to steer themselves clear of the relegation zone and into the top-half of League One.

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Southampton Loan Watch: Sims open to a return to the MLS, Reed struggles with discipline & Hesketh sees increased game-time with Lincoln
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